Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Flu Shots Available

Flu Shots Available

Flu Vaccinations1 - 3 p.m., DailyEmployee Health Services, 1B150

All employees engaged in direct patient care are encouraged to receive an influenza vaccination as soon as possible. The goal is to achieve a 90% vaccination rate of direct care providers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Influenza is primarily a community-based infection that is transmitted in households and community settings. Each year, 5 percent to 20 percent of U.S. residents acquire an influenza virus infection, and many will seek medical care in ambulatory health care settings (e.g., pediatricians’ offices, urgent-care clinics). In addition, more than 200,000 persons, on average, are hospitalized each year for influenza-related complications.

Health care-associated influenza infections can occur in any health care setting and are most common when influenza is also circulating in the community. Therefore, influenza prevention measures should be implemented in all health care settings. Supplemental measures may need to be implemented during influenza season if outbreaks of health care-associated influenza occur within certain facilities, such as long-term care facilities and hospitals.